Musical Theater Minor

The minor in musical theater is designed to train students in the artistic and critical study of musical theater.  Students pursuing the minor will learn the fundamental techniques of musical theater performance, direction, and design and will undertake rigorous study of the genre’s formal structures as well as its cultural significance.  Particular attention will be given to the performative dimensions of the genre, with discussions of how musicals engage issues of gender, sexuality, race, assimilation, nationality, and religion.  By studying a theatrical genre that integrates drama, music, dance, and visual design, students will be asked to undertake collaborations and academic studies that are fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature.

This minor requires five courses:

Two required courses in history and analysis:                      

  1. Theater Studies 209:  Forms of Musical Drama (a study of the various narrative forms of musical storytelling, and a historical survey of the musical form)
  2. Theater Studies 210:  American Musicals (a study of the genre’s relationship to gender, race, sexuality, nationality, etc.)

Two required courses in practice, which may be chosen from:

  1. Theater Studies 211:  Musical Theater Workshop:  Performance or Theater Studies 241:  Cabaret Workshop or Theater Studies 248:  Voice and Speech or  Theater Studies 346:  Voice and Body Gesture Theater
  2. Theater Studies 212:  Musical Theater Workshop:  Creation (a course on dramatic writing in musical theater)
  3. Theater Studies 255S:  Directing

One additional course, which may be an additional course in practice or an academic seminar on a topic related to musical theater.

There are no pre-requisites.